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This course guide highlights only a small portion of the many resources available to you. If you're not finding what you need, don't hesitate to contact Lori!
Why use subject encyclopedias?
An hour spent with one or more subject encyclopedias (a type of tertiary source) early on in the research process will save you hours of wasted time! Articles in subject encyclopedias are written by scholars who have deep specialization in the topic and the articles themselves go through a stringent editing process. Here's what subject encyclopedias provide:
- A broad overview of a topic that is more in-depth than in general encyclopedias
- Discussion of how scholars have approached, explored, and debated the topic over time (historiography)
- Words, phrases, names, dates, and events that can be used as keywords when searching a database
- Bibliographies in articles to find other sources (both primary and secondary)
- Cross-references to find related topics
The Encyclopedia of Taoism by
Call Number: BL1920 .E539 2008 v.1-2 Reference (first floor of the library)
Publication Date: 2008
Provides comprehensive coverage of Taoist religion, thought and history, reflecting the current state of Taoist scholarship.
Provides full text online access to Gale electronic books, including encyclopedias and other reference resources.
Oxford Art Online
Covers all aspects of Western and non-Western visual art. Includes the full text of 'The Dictionary of Art,' and gives users access to subject entries, biographies, bibliographic citations, image links and images contained within Grove Art Online, as well as entries and images from the 'Oxford Companion to Western Art,' the 'Concise Dictionary of Art Terms,' and 'Oxford’s Encyclopedia of Aesthetics.' Thematic timelines and learning resources are also included.
Access limited to 3 simultaneous users.
Start with Primo
Books are particularly useful because they're often broader in scope than articles. Starting off with a few books germane to your topic will get you the big picture can enable you to find and use highly specific articles more effectively later in your research.
Use Primo to find resources on your topic at Collins Library and beyond. Primo searches for books here and at other nearby libraries, and will also find some articles.
Subject Headings in Primo
Books related to Taoism can be found in several locations throughout the library, depending on their subject matter. Here are some subject headings to get you started. Copy and paste the terms into the Primo search box.
Landscape Painting, Chinese
Browse the Collection
If you're interested in a broad topic, or would like to browse for inspiration, try one of these Library of Congress call letters:
See the location chart for which floor the call number may be found.
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